7th-ranked Italy and top-ranked China qualified for 2018 FIVB Women’s World Championship 3rd round action with victories on Wednesday night inside Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium. The Italians remain undefeated at 8-0 with 24 points, while the Russians stand at 7-1 with 21 points.
The U.S. Women’s National Team rolled through Turkey in a VNL Finals rematch, as they are one of 4 still up for a top 3 spot in Pool F.
Eight of the 12 matches on Wednesday were decided in straight sets and five teams claimed spots in the FIVB Women’s World Championships second round.
A balanced American offense saw 4 players score in double figures as they earned an opening win over Azerbaijan.
18-year old Chatchu-on Moksri was Thailand’s leading scoreer before going down with an ankle sprain at the Asian Games.
The Asian Games was the perfect event for some teams to make the final adjustments towards this year’s WCH. For fans, it was an amazing opportunity to have a close look at what the continent’s best players had to offer.
The loss of one star, plus the return of another, saw Thailand into the gold medal match for the first time in tournament history.
Tandara Caixeta scored 15 points in just three sets of action, many coming in a decisive fourth set in Brazil’s win over Belgium, which officially punched the team’s ticket to the VNL Final Six. Italy dominated the net in a quick sweep of Thailand, put-blocking its foes 13-0, to stay in the race for the VNL Final Six.
Turkey won its third straight match in Thailand with a dominant offensive showing in a sweep of South Korea. Japan mounted an awe-inspiring comeback effort, rallying from down 2-0 in the match, down five points in Set 4 and facing two match-points in Set 5 to steal away a victory over Thailand.
A strong service game and dominant hitting effort led by Yuki Ishii pushed Japan past South Korea on Wednesday, while an all-around team effort and four double-digit scorers lifted Turkey to a four-set win over Thailand.